Ty Montgomery held out of practice with lower 'soft-tissue' injury
GREEN BAY – Ty Montgomery did not practice Tuesday because of a lower-body injury that the Green Bay Packers running back said was related to "just soft-tissue stuff."
Soft tissue can be a wide variety of injuries. Asked if the "soft tissue" was his hamstring or quadriceps, two common areas for football players, Montgomery refused to give specifics.
"I'm not telling you what it is," Montgomery said.
The Packers held their first open practice since Thursday night's preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Montgomery said his injury did not result from the exhibition, or the Packers' closed practice Sunday. He described the injury as "nothing major" and said he missed Tuesday's practice as a precaution.
"It was just something on and off," Montgomery said. "Something I’m dealing with. Nothing in particular that happened. Nothing major. Nothing to worry about."
As for whether Montgomery's injury might prevent him from playing in the Packers' exhibition Saturday in Washington, Montgomery added: "I haven’t even thought about it."
Rookie receiver DeAngelo Yancey also missed Tuesday's practice with a groin injury. Rookie safety Josh Jones dropped out of practice with an apparent right-ankle injury.
Jones hobbled off the practice field and pointed at his right ankle as if he had been kicked or stepped on. On the sideline, trainers put a bandage on his ankle before wrapping it in tape. He watched a few practice periods on a cart with a large ice pack wrapped around his ankle before being taken away.
That Jones wasn't immediately removed from the field suggested the injury wasn't too severe, but his status is unknown.
"I’m not too concerned," safeties coach Darren Perry said. "I think he’ll be OK. I don’t think it’s anything too serious unless something changes."
Cornerback Davon House did not return to practice Tuesday. House missed the Packers 'preseason opener and has not practiced since injuring his hamstring during Family Night on Aug. 5.
Rookie defensive tackle Montravius Adams attended his first practice since early in camp. Adams said he stopped wearing his walking boot Monday. His surgically repaired left foot is still sore, Adams said, and he doesn't know when he'll be able to participate in practice.
"It feels better," Adams said. "It's still a little sore, but it feels better."
Meanwhile, coach Mike McCarthy effectively ruled out four players for the Packers' upcoming exhibition in Washington, including cornerback Damarious Randall.
Randall, along with rookie receiver Malchi Dupre, remain in the concussion protocol, McCarthy said. Don Barclay, the Packers' backup center, and rookie outside linebacker Vince Biegel also remain sidelined.
Randall was injured early in the first quarter of the Packers' preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles when he received a hard, blindside block from receiver Bryce Treggs. Dupre was injured early in the fourth quarter when Eagles safety Tre Sullivan tackled him high and hard on a receiver screen.
The Packers submitted both plays to the league for review, believing they were illegal hits.
"I don’t see either one of them playing this week," McCarthy said.
McCarthy said Barclay, who injured his ankle against the Eagles, will not practice this week or play in Washington. That leaves more reps and snaps for offensive linemen Lucas Patrick and Justin McCray, who are rotating at center for the first time in their careers.
Biegel remains on the physically unable to perform list, recovering from offseason foot surgery. He has not practiced since the team's second day of rookie orientation, and McCarthy said that will not change this week.
"Vince will not practice this week and he won’t be available for Washington," McCarthy said.
The Packers also announced they released defensive end Shaneil Jenkins, who had been signed Sunday after being waived by the Seattle Sehawks.